A class-action lawsuit from developmentally disabled people alleging decades of abuse at an Ontario institution has been given the green light.

 

Ontario Superior Court Justice Maurice Cullity told the court yesterday there will be an order certifying the action involving former residents of Huronia Regional Centre and their family members.

Justice Maurice Cullity said he will make adjustments to the order and give his written reasons in several days.

The institution opened in 1876 under the name Orillia Asylum for Idiots, and when it closed in March 2009, Huronia was the oldest institution for people with a developmental disability.

The allegations have not been proven in court and the province says it will not file a statement of defence until it receives a written decision.